Assateague Light

 

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Constructed in 1867 the 142-foot-tall lighthouse replaced the shorter 45-foot-tall lighthouse which had been built in 1833. It is conical in shape and is painted in alternating bands of red and white.

 

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When constructed the lighthouse included a first-order Fresnel lens. The lens was later replaced with a more powerful electrical powered beacon.

 

 

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It is normal for barrier islands to grow and change over time. Originally the Assateague Lighthouse was built on the southern tip of the island, but today the island has grown approximately 5 additional miles. The lighthouse is depicted on the 2003–2004 Federal Duck Stamp, designed by Ron Louque.

 

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